By on May 19, 2020

2020 Nissan Frontier

Nissan isn’t ready to discuss the 2021 Frontier just yet, but the brand has set pricing for the 2020 version of its aging midsize pickup.

If you’re cool with two-wheel drive and a King Cab model, you can get in the door for $26,790.

If you need four doors and four-wheel drive, an S Crew Cab will cost $31,290. Destination, not included in those prices, is $1,095. The 2020 Frontier will reach dealerships in July of this year and remain available until whenever Nissan launches the fully redesigned 2021 truck. Pandemic uncertainty could factor into that.

Indeed, thanks to pandemic-related production delays, the 2020 models were delayed. The trucks would’ve likely been in dealers by now otherwise.

Perhaps the biggest news here is the appearance of a new engine as well as the addition of four forward gears – the truck’s only available transmission is a nine-speed automatic, and all trims will get the 310-horsepower, 3.8-liter V6.

2020 Nissan Frontier

Price increases are $2,000 on average across the board, according to Nissan.

So yes, #savethemanuals types, the three-pedal option is gone. So is the four-cylinder option and Desert Runner and SL trims. Also gone: manual door locks and windows.

Not here yet: automatic stop/start, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability.

Horsepower jumps by 49 ponies over the last (4.0-liter) V6, and fuel economy is up 2 mpg combined over the previous V6 (when paired to the now defunct five-speed auto). That’s 19 mpg combined for four-wheel drive models and 20 mpg combined for two-wheel drive models now. The full stat is this: 18/24/20 for two-wheel drive and 17/23/19 for four-wheel drive.

Since truck buyers love to brag about their rigs, here are two key numbers: Max tow capacity is 6,640 and payload is 1,460 pounds.

2020 Nissan Frontier

Here’s the price list in full: S King Cab 4×2, $26,790; SV King Cab 4×2, $27,670; S King Cab 4×4, $29,680; SV King Cab 4×4, $30,560; S Crew Cab 4×2, $27,900; SV Crew Cab 4×2 SWB, $28,800; SV Crew Cab 4×2 LWB, $31,410; S Crew Cab 4×4, $31,290; SV Crew Cab 4×4 SWB, $31,990; SV Crew Cab 4×4 LWB, $32,410; Pro-4X Crew Cab 4×4, $37,490. Again, none of these include destination fees.

An available Special Edition package adds a chrome grill, a trip computer, a body-color rear bumper, and 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, while an available Midnight Edition offers “special black exterior treatments” and 18-inch gloss black aluminum-alloy wheels.

Push-button start is now standard, along with a leather shift knob.

Don’t expect to be able to visually identify a 2020 Frontier at a glance – you’ll need to pop the hood to know it’s new. Styling doesn’t change, inside or out.

For that, look to 2021.

[Images: Nissan]

Get the latest TTAC e-Newsletter!

12 Comments on “2020 Nissan Frontier Priced, Exploring the New Frontier of 2021 Will Have to Wait...”

  • avatar

    These are great little trucks for the money and they do deal on these. We can be sure that the 2021s will probably see a dramatic price increase

    • 0 avatar
      Art Vandelay

      In my experience they were cheap trucks, and priced appropriately. Mine was worth every penny I paid for it, but not a penny more. It was a crude and cost cut to death appliance that I believe would have given me 200,000 miles no problem but would have looked and felt like twice that…It was so cheap inside and the bed material so thin. But 23k OTD for a crew cab auto (S trim) in 2013 so much was forgiven, but not worth the higher trim prices…they were just as cheap feeling.

  • avatar

    Two-wheel drive King Cab Nissan Frontier for $26,790.
    $27,895 for comparable spec’d Chevy Colorado.

    The $1,100.- difference is immediately apparent the moment you go from driving that tired old Nissan to a 15 year newer design Chevy.

    If any Frontiers sell for anywhere close to sticker I would be shocked. The MSRP should be $21,000.- for the King cab 2wd. Fully loaded versions should top out at around $30k.

    • 0 avatar

      Locally I’m getting a much bigger difference between the two real world pricing

      New 2019 Nissan Frontier
      SV 4WD Pickup 5-Speed Automatic w/OD
      Dealer Discount-$3,636
      Sale Price
      Nissan Customer Cash – 2019 Frontier-$1,500
      Nissan Sell Down Bonus Cash – MY19-$500
      Total Savings$5,636
      Net Price$27,749

      New 2019 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab Short Box 4-Wheel Drive LT

      Sale Price $34,000
      MSRP $41,780

    • 0 avatar

      Two-wheel drive King Cab Nissan Frontier for $26,790.

      I meas, this truck MSRP’d at 21K a year ago. I’d see them online for like $16K. This is a huge jump for a dated truck that only sells to poor people to begin with.

  • avatar

    In the months prior to finally purchasing my Colorado, I seriously looked at the Frontier. With articles both here and on PickupTrucks dot com, the Frontier was coming across as a very strong contender. Value-wise, it was reading as more reliable than the Tacoma at a slightly lower price than any of the others with comparable configuration of drivetrain and option packages. Toyota had the advantage of a flat (at the time) floor for the extended cab and to be quite honest, I was still disillusioned with GM because of their treatment of Pontiac, Oldsmobile and Saturn. Keep in mind that the last GM car I’d owned prior to this Chevy was a Saturn that more than lived up to the brand’s reputation and devoted following. Since then I’d owned a Jeep, a Fiat, two Fords (’90 F-150 and ’97 Ranger) and another Jeep… Renegade, this time.

    The Frontier, the Tacoma and the Colorado pretty well met my basic needs, with enough horsepower and decent fuel economy across the board, though I considered the GMC too pricey for what I really wanted. The Frontier was the smallest of the three and the Colorado the largest, but what I really wanted was something even smaller than the Frontier… until my wife suggested she wanted to buy an RV–travel trailer at 24′ or so and over 5000#, which seriously bit into going smaller and was pushing the limits, at that time, of both the Tacoma and the Frontier. The fact that the Colorado also has an 8-speed transmission pretty much sealed the deal… with one possible exception. The new Ranger and the new Gladiator were due out soon and if either of those could fill the bill better than the Chevy, I would wait a little bit longer.

    My hopes, however, were dashed. Jeep came out and delayed their release until the Spring of ’19 and Ford announced they were offering a single engine choice… a 2.3L turbo, claiming similar horsepower to the Chevy’s V6 with slightly higher torque. I wasn’t willing to wait that much longer for the Jeep and my experience with the 2.3 minus turbo completely destroyed any chance I would take the Ford… I’ve seen too many turbos blow on trucks and trains to trust them even part time towing a travel trailer at the vehicle’s towing limits.

    So… Where does this Nissan come in today? The V6 does have good horsepower and good fuel economy… but falls short on acceleration due to fewer forward gears, forcing the engine to wind up tighter and work harder getting up to speed plus running the engine at higher RPM at my normal cruising speeds. I thought Nissan was planning for more gears in the transmission, according to earlier reports on the new drivetrain. If I were looking today as compared to two years ago, I believe the Nissan would still lose out, though the Chevy might have as well, in favor of the Jeep–despite the fact that I’m no fan of crew cab trucks and four full doors. Being able to pop the top is an appealing option that could overcome my dislike of four doors.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    I doubt if Nissan will go smaller and not only that they will most likely only offer a crew cab. From the articles about the Santa Cruze it seems that it will come in crew cab as well. Maybe there is still hope if Ford comes out with a new compact pickup. Midsize crew cab pickups with small beds seem to be what the manufacturers are all going for which is not what I want or need but I do understand that these trucks are marketed toward families. If my only options in midsize pickups become only crew cabs with turbo motors and small beds I will keep my Isuzu even though it is a crew cab–it has a larger bed than many of the current crew cab midsize pickups and it is paid for. Offer a real compact pickup with either an extended cab or regular cab and price it no more than the low 20’s. I want what I want and if I have to make do with a crew cab pickup with a small bed for close to 30k I will not buy it.

    • 0 avatar

      @Jeff S: I’m pretty much with you on everything you said. I don’t like crew cabs ordinarily because the add length with only marginal improvement in usability for their size. Trucks have grown much too large and so much of that space is wasted both inside the cab (really, a console as wide as a LARGE person, along with a second row that almost never gets used by the average owner?) and the bed length suffers as they have gone from an average of 6.5 feet to five feet in length; the short bed now 4.5 feet in length and the long bed only 5.5 feet in length. an 8-foot bed is almost special-order country and for some models almost impossible to buy. As such, modern full-sized trucks are far LESS practical than they used to be while the mid-sized truck has started taking over the “real work” environment. Why? Because my Colorado has a 6′ bed and even the crew cab version splits the difference between the short-bed and long-bed crew cab full-sizers at 5′ even. Granted, I can’t get an 8′ bed in a Colorado but then, I also can’t get a standard cab, either.

      But worse, even as it is, my Colorado is fully as long as my 1990 F-150 I drove for three years back in ’12. It’s almost as wide as that ’90 model, too and easily as tall. I took delivery of the Colorado about a week early as some of the options I purchased for the bed hadn’t arrived yet, so when I took it in to have those installed, I was given a Silverado to drive while they installed everything… The Silverado overlapped my parking area front and rear and almost completely filled the marked spot in width. And yes, it was notably taller than even my ’09 JKU Wrangler, that rode on 32″ tires, factory stock.

      There’s a reason I call these things Road Whales and I’ve finally given my Colorado a name… “Blue Orca”, which its onboard WiFi carries as the name of its hotspot. All told, they’re simply too big. AND too small for practical use in their original design purpose.

      Talking about smaller, we do know Ford has ‘announced’ a true compact truck for ’22-’24 model year release (exact year uncertain due to this year’s coronavirus event) that is tentatively being called a Courier. With luck, this will be sized like an early Ranger at the largest and hopefully closer to the original Mazda B2000/Ford Courier. There’s also rumor that FCAU/whatever the new Fiat/Peugeot group will be called is considering a smaller truck as well, though possibly taking on the Dakota name, which was the original mid-sized truck effectively slotting in between the D-50 and the full-sizers of the day. I was hoping and the original concept for the Santa Cruz suggested a smaller model fitting in better with the more compact version of the mid-sizers but the latest announcements suggest that while it may be shorter, the overall size will be closer to today’s mid-sizers than those of 20 years ago, while nearly everyone who WANTS a smaller truck wants one closer to the compacts of 40 years ago. We’ll just have to wait and see.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    Agree, I am still hoping for a compact truck closer to the ones of 40 years ago. Disappointed in the Santa Fe hoping for it to be more like the concept which I would buy. My 2008 Isuzu looks tiny next to a Silverado but it looks huge next to my Granddad’s 63 IH 1000 which my nephew has been restoring (gave my nephew my old S-10 which is still looking and running like new).

Read all comments

Back to TopLeave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Recent Comments

  • JD-Shifty: If these antivaxxers don’t trust the medicine or science that created the Covid vaccines, they sure...
  • islander800: Speaking of the Olds 307, what ever happened to the sweet little Olds 260 V8 of the mid-70s? I...
  • EBFlex: Absolute nonsense. But you gotta love how the narrative changed from the Brandon administration. First it was...
  • speedlaw: It took a “knack” to get things moving back in the day. I’ll never forget the joy of the...
  • here4aSammich: I lived with a 1978 Chevette from 1985 to 1987. But seriously, I can’t tell you how glad I am to...

New Car Research

Get a Free Dealer Quote

Who We Are

  • Adam Tonge
  • Bozi Tatarevic
  • Corey Lewis
  • Jo Borras
  • Mark Baruth
  • Ronnie Schreiber